David Stone
RIVAA artist Laura Hussey creates scenery for "Almost Maine," collaborating with Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance.
RIVAA artist Laura Hussey creates scenery for "Almost Maine," collaborating with Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance.
Photo credit: Kristi Towey / MST&DA

For four shows in three days, Roosevelt Island becomes Almost Maine, "a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist," according the website of this extraordinary, popular play.

Almost Maine is the first directing assignment for Joan Marie Cusick, Main Street Theatre & Dance alumni and, currently, teacher. In a showcase for emerging local talent, Kaitlyn Abdul, who recently stood out as a performer in Sondheim On Sondheim at the theatre, assists as stage manager while her sister Madison, who also brightened the stage in the Sondheim musical, joins the cast.

See a full cast list here.

Since it's record setting premier, Almost Maine has been produced by over 2,500 theatre companies, including Off-Broadway in New York. It pushed aside Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as the most produced play in North American high schools.

Here's what the New York Times critic wrote in 2013: "John Cariani’s Almost, Maine is a series of nine amiably absurdist vignettes about love, with a touch of good-natured magic realism...This is a beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy) and passing references to characters from other vignettes, which slyly tell us more about them."

Almost Maine opens at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, 548 Main Street, with a premier performance on April 28th. Two more shows on the 29th and a closing on April 30th follow. Don't miss it. Tickets along with additional information are available clicking here.